The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has alleged that Nigerian security forces have been secretly abducting Igbo youths and killing some of them in Abuja.
IPOB laid the allegation in a Wednesday statement signed by its spokesman, Emma Powerful.
According to the proscribed group, the killings have been taking place at the popular Abatti barracks and some dungeons in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
The separatist group also alleged that as many as 100 innocent Igbo youths have been rounded up and locked in Department of State Services (DSS) cells in its headquarters in Abuja while the Abatti barracks holds as many as 400 others.
Powerful identified some of those allegedly killed at the Abatti barracks as Maria Ezediaro, Ngozi Umeadi, Ifeyinwa Egole, Pastor Ebere, Mazi Okwuosha, Nnabuike Nwankwo, Gabriel Onyedikachi, Ogochukwu Unamba, and one Lambert.
“The attention of global family of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, has been drawn to the incessant abductions of innocent Biafran youths by the Nigeria security agencies.
“These innocent Biafran youths are taken to the Department of State Services, DSS, dungeons and Army barracks particularly the dreaded Abatti Barracks in Abuja, where they are dehumanized and tortured in secret cells.
“Currently, over 100 innocent Biafran youths are being detained incommunicado at the DSS Headquarters in Abuja, over 400 others have been detained at the Abatti Barracks Abuja cell since this year.
“Intelligence report gathered by IPOB intelligence unit and reliable source indicate that some wicked DSS agents and Army personnel are killing some of the youths.
“These people are currently detained since February this year after they were arrested in Imo State and taken to Abatti Barracks Abuja by Intelligence Response Team, IRT, Unit of the Nigerian Police, where they are kept with many others.
“IPOB is therefore, calling on all Biafrans who are looking for their brothers and sisters to go to DSS Headquarters Abuja and the notorious Abatti Army Barracks Abuja, to check if they are still alive or dead.
“Seven persons have been slaughtered in the past two weeks according to intelligence report available to us. We are also alerting the world about the atrocities going on in Nigeria against the people of Biafra.
“We call on the United Nations, Amnesty International, and the global community to prevail on Nigeria to send all these innocent Biafran youths languishing in various secret cells to court for trial instead of subjecting them to extra-judicial killings,” the statement read in part.